UN / MINORITIES RIGHTS DECLARATION

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We are not dealing with gaps – we are dealing with outright inaction and negligence in the protection of minority rights.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Guterres taking seat
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, we come together to critically assess where we stand in realizing the Declaration – from non-discrimination to the effective participation of minorities in decision-making across all areas of life. The hard truth is that – thirty years on – the world is falling short. Far short. We are not dealing with gaps – we are dealing with outright inaction and negligence in the protection of minority rights.”
4. Med shot, speaker panel
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, United Nations:
“We are not there yet. There are not only gaps but clearly, there is a denial. Denial of the rights of minorities in areas such as language, religion, and culture.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, United Nations:
“In the 30 years since the adoption of the UN declaration, none of these have yet been achieved or done for minorities. It seems difficult to feel included when minorities are more and more excluded.”
8. Med shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, United Nations:
“So, this anniversary of the UN declaration is an opportunity to complete an unfinished story.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, United Nations:
“We must, the United Nations must, the member states must embrace our diversity, which is the key to peace and stability and prosperity, and not denying the identity of minorities, or exclude or discriminate because of the reality of our human diversity.”
12. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Nobel Peace Laureate / Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) / President, Nadia's Initiative:
“Every nation in the world is strengthened when each individual has rights and authority and autonomy and a voice. And yet still today, so many nations refuse basic rights and recognition to their minorities.”
14. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Nobel Peace Laureate / Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) / President, Nadia's Initiative:
“We need your help. We need the international community to act to show the world that they believe in the ideals outlined in this resolution. We know brutal consequences of inaction. We call upon you to be our partners in this fight.”
16. Med shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We are not dealing with gaps – we are dealing with outright inaction and negligence in the protection of minority rights.”

In his remarks at today (21 Sep) high-level meeting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration on the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities, Guterres said, “The hard truth is that – thirty years on – the world is falling short. Far short.”

Also talking at the high-level meeting, Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, reiterated, “We are not there yet. There are not only gaps but clearly, there is a denial. Denial of the rights of minorities in areas such as language, religion, and culture.”

De Varennes stated that in the 30 years since the adoption of the UN declaration, “none of these have yet been achieved or done for minorities.”

He added, “It seems difficult to feel included when minorities are more and more excluded.”

Today’s anniversary is an “opportunity to complete an unfinished story,” De Varennes said.

He concluded, “we must, the United Nations must, the member states must embrace our diversity, which is the key to peace and stability and prosperity, and not denying the identity of minorities, or exclude or discriminate because of the reality of our human diversity.”

Also present at the meeting, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Nobel Peace Laureate, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, and President of Nadia's Initiative, said that every nation in the world is strengthened when each individual has rights and authority and autonomy and a voice, “and yet still today, so many nations refuse basic rights and recognition to their minorities.”

She concluded, “We need your help. We need the international community to act to show the world that they believe in the ideals outlined in this resolution. We know brutal consequences of inaction. We call upon you to be our partners in this fight.”

On 18 December 1992, UN Member States adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities (UN Declaration on Minority Rights for short), described by the UN as a key instrument to address the political and civil, economic, social, and cultural rights of persons belonging to minorities.

Today, minorities face unprecedented barriers and challenges, according to the UN.

In many countries, they deal with modern threats such as online hate speech and are being stripped of citizenship rights.
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